I am super worried about something. I just had porcelain veneers done but did not know I was pregnant at the time. I was told afterward this is a bad idea. Did I hurt the baby? If so, is there any way to fix it?
First, congratulations on your baby! That is an exciting time and I can already tell by your concern that you are going to be a great mother. Next, I want you to take a deep breath. It is going to be okay. I’m sorry someone worried you by telling you that you’d done something wrong here.
Dentists are told not to schedule dental work with expectant mothers until the second trimester. This is because your new baby is particularly susceptible to foreign substances during their early stages of development. There is good news here, though.
The only real substance introduced into your body during the porcelain veneers procedure is the local anesthetic lidocaine. This has been proven to be safe for use during pregnancy and is often used during the delivery process. There will have been no harm to your child by your smile makeover. I hope that helps you feel less stressed.
Dental Work During Pregnancy
The general rule of thumb for dental care during a pregnancy is to schedule your routine maintenance and checkup during the second trimester. This is because the baby is more vulnerable during the first trimester and mommas are often uncomfortable sitting in the dental chair during the third trimester. Hitting between those two times seems to be the magic window.
There is an exception to this. If you have a tooth infection it is considered a dental emergency and it is important you seek treatment. An infection enters your body and can have an effect on your child as well. Untreated tooth infections, as well as gum disease, have been linked with low birth weight in newborn children. So definitely keep up with your oral health care.
This blog is brought to you by Tulsa Cosmetic Dentist Dr. Jerome Cha.